Two very simple ways to increase engine power and performance robbed by friction are 1) to use 4WD only when necessary and 2) to use a friction reducing additive in engines, drive trains and hydraulics.
Did you know that generally 4WD uses significantly more power than 2WD .. you can easily measure this in fuel consumption differences!
You can take care of the 4WD or 2WD option and we can supply the super concentrated anti-friction/anti-wear/anti-seize/anti-rust oil and hydraulic fluid additive SupaSLIP.
It almost goes without saying that the greater the size and the greater the number of moving parts, the greater the component mass to put in motion and to keep in motion .. and the greater the frictional forces, which consume some of the power from the fuel. This applies to all engines as well as transmissions and axle differentials and even hydraulics.
Frictional losses in diesel and gasoline engines can be as much as 25%. That means that an engine producing 150HP in the combustion chambers, is only delivering 112HP at the flywheel. That’s a loss of 37HP due to internal friction. Then more power is lost to friction in the driveline gearbox, differential and axles before the power reaches the driving wheels.
What can be done to reduce frictional horsepower losses?
The more widespread use of synthetic oils has allowed machinery manufacturers to design engines and transmissions which run on lower viscosity oils (thinner with less internal tension) and that provides a minor, but important role in progressing efficiencies.
Likewise, if you search amongst the top echelon of oil additives, there will be a few that deliver energy efficiencies due to their ability to further reduce frictional horsepower losses.
Our entry in this arena is SupaSLIP anti-friction additive, which achieves its goal by increasing the host oil’s load carrying ability by up to 5.7 times (depending on the oil). The powerful anti-friction performance of SupaSLIP reduces frictional HP losses to produce measurable HP gains. Dynamometer results showed a 6% HP increase in a V6 Holden Commodore and a 13% gain in a high km Nissan Navara diesel.
The means of measuring an oil load carrying ability is the Falex Test.
The Falex Test is an internationally accepted procedure, which is used by lubricant manufacturers and should not be confused with the various test machines demonstrated at field days and the like.
The Falex test has demonstrated that the active chemical in SupaSLIP dramatically raised the load carrying ability of the base oil. The SupaSLIP active ingredient proved far superior to the ZDDP additive, which is used almost universally by major oil blenders. Perhaps the most interesting aspect is that the torque required to maintain comparable loadings on the Falex test, was substantially less using the SupaSLIP active ingredient compared to ZDDP. This clearly demonstrates reduced frictional losses and consequent fuel economy.
Other Falex tests on SupaSLIP indicated reductions in bearing temperature from 218C to 149C…a huge 69C drop. Further dramatic evidence of lower friction!
Accompanying lower friction and higher load carrying ability is a benefit in reduced wear. Comparing practical doses of ZDDP and SupaSLIP, wear (as measured by weight loss) with SupaSLIP was a mere fraction of that recorded with ZDDP and unlike in the ZDDP test, the SupaSLIP test was completed without seizure of the test components.
1) Falex Test .. Temperature Reduction:
At a load of 1500lbs with base oil alone, the pin and bush seized before 60 minutes (bush temperature 218 degrees C) .. with added SupaSLIP the pin and bush continued to operate after 60 minutes (bush temperature 149 degrees C) .. bush operating temperature reduced by 69 degrees C !
2) Falex Test .. Maximum Load before seizing:
(i) Turbine oil. The load before seizing of base oil was 675lbs .. with added SupaSLIP 3,850lbs. At a load of 1500lbs, the base oil seized in 3 minutes .. with added SupaSLIP there was no seizing at 60 minutes test duration. That’s nearly 6 times the load .. and over 20 times the duration benefits with SupaSLIP!
(ii) Engine oil 10W-30. The load before seizing of base oil was 1325lbs .. with added “conventional” ZDDP anti-friction 2050lbs .. with added SupaSLIP 4500lbs without seizing at 60 minutes test duration. That’s over 3.4 times more load capacity with SupaSLIP.
(iii) Diameter of Wear Scars. 10W-30 base oil 2.1mm .. with added “conventional” ZDDP anti-friction 1.9mm .. with added SupaSLIP only 1.5mm.
3) Falex Test .. Fuel / Energy Savings:
In test 2) (ii) above, the torque required at maximum loads was 24, 36 and 46 lb-in respectively. Dividing the torque by the maximum load gives a “frictional factor” of 0.018, 0.017 and 0.010 respectively .. that is adding SupaSLIP reduced frictional losses by a huge 44%.
An internal combustion engine may lose 20% of its power to internal friction .. if this was cut by 44%, a fuel saving of over 8% would result. Field experiences with SupaSLIP have delivered fuel savings of up to 8%.